It is somewhat self-assuming to write an autobiographical profile, and then include it in a collection of profiles of Prominent Dutch Americans. From the beginning of this biography project I have never considered myself a member of this exclusive group of Prominent Dutch Americans, and I still don’t. The decision to write up a brief biography of myself was motivated by the thought that readers of the biographical profiles are entitled to find out a little bit more about the author and his background. So here it is.
Carl Pegels spent 39 years of his academic career at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management, teaching and researching such subjects as Operations Management, Strategic Management, and Information Systems Management. For most of that time, the university was known as the State University of New York at Buffalo, or SUNY/Buffalo. He joined the university as an assistant professor and ended his career as a Professor of Management. During that time he published over 80 refereed academic papers, and published 18 books, on management related subjects.
During the early years of his tenure he was actively involved in research in managing blood banks and healthcare systems, and wrote a number of papers and books on the management of those systems. He was also actively involved in the early years of the Health Maintenance Organization [HMO’s] and became the co-founder of an HMO, which is now the largest health insurer, Independent Health, in the Western New York area.
In the 1980’s he became involved in the management education of Chinese managers, and was actively involved in the development and operation of the first American MBA program in China. He spent the equivalent of about a year in China during the 1980’s and 1990’s developing and teaching in those programs.
Following his retirement from academia, Pegels became actively involved in research on prominent Dutch Americans. Initially he expected to only find a few dozen, write up biographical profiles, and call it done. But as he started becoming more involved in the subject he kept discovering increasing numbers of Dutch Americans who qualified to be included in the collection. The result of the above is a collection that now includes about 300 members, and the occasional newly discovered ones are added regularly.
Changing his research and writing from academic management subjects to the Dutch American project has been a motivating activity for the author. Retirement does not have to mean idleness. Pegels has enjoyed the work on the project, a project that never seems to end. During his retirement he has been able to publish one book and about a dozen articles on the subject of prominent Dutch Americans. His work has appeared largely in publications focusing on a Dutch American audience.
Pegels was born in the Netherlands in 1933. He immigrated with his family to Canada in 1948, and moved to the United States to do graduate work in Management in 1962. He earned his MS and PhD in Management from Purdue University in 1963 and 1966 respectively. Following his graduate work he joined the faculty at the School of Management at what is now known as the University at Buffalo, which is part of the State university of New York system. He retired in 2006, and currently is a Professor Emeritus.
Pegels is married and has two children and five grandchildren. Although he is a Dutch native, at one time he was a Canadian citizen and a British subject, and later became an American citizen in 1969. He currently resides in the Tucson area of Arizona.
E-BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON; GOOGLE: Kindle Store Pegels
PROMINENT DUTCH AMERICANS, CURRENT AND HISTORIC
EIGHT PROMINENT DUTCH AMERICAN FAMILIES: THE ROOSEVELTS, VANDERBILTS AND OTHERS, 2015
FIFTEEN PROMINENT DUTCH AMERICAN FAMILIES: THE VAN BURENS, KOCH BROTHERS, VOORHEES AND OTHERS, 2015
PROMINENT DUTCH AMERICANS IN U.S. GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS, 2015
DUTCH PEGELS INVOLVED IN WARS
ALLIED EUROPE CAMPAIGN—1944/1945: TACTICAL MISTAKES, 2017
THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE NETHERLANDS: MEMOIRS, 2017
FRENCH REVOLUTION, NAPOLEON AND RUSSIAN WAR OF 1812, 2015